West Coast Mining Incident

Postby Conners on Sat 20/Nov/10 11:07am

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/4365223 ... iners-home

Ok, I'm confused. A thread about a teeny tiny earthquake in Wellington last night, 37 more threads around the current "us vs them" status of cycling on New Zealand roads, but nothing said about 29 workers unaccounted for in the Pike River coal mine on the West Coast?

Perhaps I've missed something...
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Re: West Coast Mining Incident

Postby pb on Sat 20/Nov/10 11:14am

This is vorb.
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Re: West Coast Mining Incident

Postby Wobbler on Sat 20/Nov/10 11:20am

29 is 29 two many
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Re: West Coast Mining Incident

Postby Conners on Sat 20/Nov/10 11:22am

pb wrote:This is vorb.


This is true. I'm sure none of the 29 people still inside the mine have ever ridden bicycles in their lives. Therefore they are of no interest to me.
Hell, they probably even drive cars :ib:
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Re: West Coast Mining Incident

Postby wuffy on Sat 20/Nov/10 12:11pm

Conners wrote:http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/4365223/Police-boss-We-will-bring-miners-home

Ok, I'm confused. A thread about a teeny tiny earthquake in Wellington last night, 37 more threads around the current "us vs them" status of cycling on New Zealand roads, but nothing said about 29 workers unaccounted for in the Pike River coal mine on the West Coast?

Perhaps I've missed something...

I posted it in the stuff.co.nz thread.... but no one said anything :huh:
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Re: West Coast Mining Incident

Postby bugle on Sat 20/Nov/10 12:48pm

It's tragic for those boys their families etc no doubt, but I've heard a couple of extremely disturbing items that make me think the worst

Workers had finished their shift and left their tags on the board, when I was mining that was a 'you're on the next plane out' offense. One of the workers who did get out wasn't wearing a watch, you'd be on the same plane home...

Those two items are rule number one in mining, fundamental safety basics that every miner lives by
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Re: West Coast Mining Incident

Postby j2hyde on Sat 20/Nov/10 1:23pm

Yeah I was surprised to hear about the tag board breach. WTF?

I really hope they survive and get out OK. But I doubt it's going to happen.
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Re: West Coast Mining Incident

Postby great uncle bulgaria on Sat 20/Nov/10 1:35pm

bugle wrote:It's tragic for those boys their families etc no doubt, but I've heard a couple of extremely disturbing items that make me think the worst

Workers had finished their shift and left their tags on the board, when I was mining that was a 'you're on the next plane out' offense. One of the workers who did get out wasn't wearing a watch, you'd be on the same plane home...

Those two items are rule number one in mining, fundamental safety basics that every miner lives by


not ever having mined . . . .
help me out.
the watch thing seems fairly self evident ie know the time when yr underground
but I dont understand
Workers had finished their shift and left their tags on the board
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Re: West Coast Mining Incident

Postby disoriented on Sat 20/Nov/10 1:46pm

great uncle bulgaria wrote:
bugle wrote:It's tragic for those boys their families etc no doubt, but I've heard a couple of extremely disturbing items that make me think the worst

Workers had finished their shift and left their tags on the board, when I was mining that was a 'you're on the next plane out' offense. One of the workers who did get out wasn't wearing a watch, you'd be on the same plane home...

Those two items are rule number one in mining, fundamental safety basics that every miner lives by


not ever having mined . . . .
help me out.
the watch thing seems fairly self evident ie know the time when yr underground
but I dont understand
Workers had finished their shift and left their tags on the board


Start shift put identification tag on the board when entering mine, End shift take identifcation tag of the board to show you are no longer in the mine. Never worked in a mine before so some industry know it all can correct me if i'm wrong
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Re: West Coast Mining Incident

Postby happybaboon on Sat 20/Nov/10 1:55pm

Vorb's been a depressing enough place over the last week or so.

This shit is bad news though. I hate to be pessimistic, but I have a bad feeling about this... :(
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Re: West Coast Mining Incident

Postby pb on Sat 20/Nov/10 1:59pm

I agree, it seems not good from what has been reported so far. But I still hope for the best and all are safe.
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Re: West Coast Mining Incident

Postby EoinC on Sat 20/Nov/10 2:02pm

disoriented wrote:...Start shift but identifcaton tag on the board when entering mine, End shift take identifcation tag of the board to show you are no longer in the mine. Never worked in a mine before so some industry know it all can correct me if i'm wrong
You are correct. If a tag is left on the board, it means the person is still in the mine, therefore people will go searching for them.
Putting others in danger while one sits at home with a nice hot cuppa does not conform to mining procedures, and will pish a lot of people off.
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Re: West Coast Mining Incident

Postby happybaboon on Sat 20/Nov/10 5:05pm

Damn, srsly, what is taking so long? :blink:
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Re: West Coast Mining Incident

Postby Conners on Sat 20/Nov/10 6:49pm

happybaboon wrote:Damn, srsly, what is taking so long? :blink:

Not much point sending more people into a poisonus/explosive atmosphere.
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Re: West Coast Mining Incident

Postby disoriented on Sat 20/Nov/10 7:12pm

Conners wrote:
happybaboon wrote:Damn, srsly, what is taking so long? :blink:

Not much point sending more people into a poisonus/explosive atmosphere.


Exploded it some more to make it safe and then pick up the pieces, or body parts as the case maybe :thumbsup: .

But seriously all the best to the SAR teams to getting them out safely.
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